The original intention of the Stone-Campbell Movement was to unite all the sects of the Christian faith through the plea of a restoration of the original, primitive form of Christianity described in the Bible. Unfortunately, this movement with a unique plea for universal Christian unity eventually fragmented into several subdivided groups. Upon careful examination and contemplation, we suggest that a look at the Movement's hymnody is a perfect tool for studying, classifying, and illustrating the stages and components of the Stone-Campbell Movement and its divisions. Through a cursory overview of important hymnals and Stone-Campbell musical anecdotes, the following manuscript briefly pursues this fundamental concept.
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